Amazon introduced that it’s going to purchase an undisclosed variety of electrical supply vans from Stellantis in 2023. The automaker has stated that it’s going to roll out an all-electric model of its Ram ProMaster industrial van that yr.
Stellantis, which is the corporate that shaped final yr from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Cars and the French PSA Group, has not formally revealed the electrical vans. However Amazon says it is going to be the primary industrial buyer once they finally enter manufacturing, with the 2 firms working collectively to place “thousands” of electrical vans on the highway.
Amazon has been working with Rivian, the buzzy electrical automobile firm that went public final yr in one of many greatest IPOs ever, on a fleet of electrical supply autos. Amazon, which owns about 20 p.c of the corporate, has stated it plans on ordering 100,000 vans from Rivian, in what’s seen as one of many largest EV purchases in historical past.
(Stellantis can also be working with Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google’s mum or dad firm Alphabet, on a fleet of autonomous Ram ProMaster vans.)
Along with the deal for the Ram EVs, Amazon and Stellantis additionally introduced that they’d be working collectively to develop in-car software program for Stellantis’ lineup of vehicles, vehicles, and vans. The deal will permit Amazon to combine its software program into “millions” of autos, the businesses stated.
The 2 firms will collaborate on software program for the “digital cockpit” infotainment techniques of Stellantis autos that may launch in 2024. Stellantis stated it’ll use Amazon’s Alexa know-how for voice-controlled options, “navigation, vehicle maintenance, ecommerce marketplaces, and payment services.”
“We’re excited to collaborate with Stellantis to transform the automotive industry and re-invent the in-vehicle experience,” stated Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon, in an announcement.
Whereas this isn’t the identical as Volvo fully turning over its automobile working system to Google’s Android, it does give Amazon a stronger toehold within the auto business and will assist Stellantis compete with different software-leading automobile firms like Tesla.
This isn’t the primary time that Amazon and Stellantis have collaborated. The 2 firms introduced early final yr that the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer could be the primary autos to characteristic in-car Amazon FireTV. Amazon’s software program is accessible from each the primary show and rear seat screens, however privateness filters forestall the driving force from watching exhibits whereas the automobile is in movement.
Correction January fifth, 9:41AM: The electrical autos bought by Amazon will likely be Ram ProMaster vans, not Dodge. Ram is a separate model from Dodge. A earlier model of this story misstated that truth.